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With bad air quality lingering, respiratory experts recommend staying indoors

Smoke from the fires blankets Shasta County, putting the area in the unhealthy category.

Posted: Sep 11, 2020 9:42 AM
Updated: Sep 11, 2020 9:52 AM

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. – Smoke from the fires blankets Shasta County, putting the area in the unhealthy category.

While everyone should avoid being outside for long periods, respiratory therapists say that’s even more important for people with asthma or COPD.

“We really want to encourage people to stay indoors,” said Jaqueline Crum, a respiratory therapist at Mercy Medical Center.

“We don’t want you outdoors exercising during this time but those that are respiratory compromised, especially those individuals, need to stay inside as much as possible.”

Smoke can affect each person differently. But if you're out in it for too long:
It can cause symptoms like nausea, dizziness, and even chest tightness.

Action News Now spoke to one Redding couple who says they’re limiting their outdoor activities because of all the smoke that is hanging around.
“It kind of limits the activity you can do so no more running, at least for now,” said Roland Paul.

Respiratory experts say if you start to use your inhaler or nebulizer more, get treatment sooner rather than later. Experts also suggest wearing an N-95 mask in these conditions but if none are available, a surgical mask or a cloth mask can also help.

Shasta County Air Quality District Management says it expects these smoky skies to continue for the next several days.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3095814

Reported Deaths: 35549
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles104602114641
San Bernardino2587421561
Riverside2558082739
San Diego2197312222
Orange2178492546
Santa Clara959361158
Kern87240572
Fresno83591968
Sacramento816871128
Alameda69107842
Ventura63413462
San Joaquin58843788
Contra Costa53349460
Stanislaus43392773
Tulare42186515
Monterey36464255
San Mateo33207309
San Francisco29665274
Solano26191108
Santa Barbara25405243
Imperial25380486
Merced24570316
Sonoma24262242
Kings19588148
Placer17584186
San Luis Obispo16056140
Madera13585151
Santa Cruz12461113
Marin11732159
Yolo10852138
Shasta9750123
Butte9582128
El Dorado788649
Sutter782879
Napa773145
Lassen519916
San Benito504246
Yuba499627
Tehama433244
Tuolumne340340
Nevada323874
Mendocino319232
Amador303631
Lake264631
Humboldt245825
Glenn195520
Colusa17969
Calaveras163723
Siskiyou145713
Mono11244
Inyo98329
Del Norte8672
Plumas5895
Modoc3853
Mariposa3464
Trinity3044
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Alpine730
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